Professor Richard Roberts, who has died aged 67, was a financial historian who made it his mission to encourage the City of London to learn from its own past.
From his base at King’s College London, Dick Roberts nurtured a wide network of senior contacts in the financial world – not least at the Bank of England, where he spent time as a research fellow, and the Treasury.
He was as comfortable delving into 19th century archives as in analysing and commenting upon modern market upheavals, and capable of elucidating not only the great historical tides of international finance but also the nuts and bolts of balance sheets.
As author or co-author of a dozen books, Roberts combined meticulous detail with accessibility for the non-specialist reader. Perhaps his best and most original work was Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (2013), which revealed the full story – previously untold...
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